Stan Kenton
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1911-12-15
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Biography

Pianist and bandleader. Born in Wichita, Kansas, Kenton spent his teenage years in and around Los Angeles, which was to remain his principal base. He formed his first big band in 1940, and not only did it soon acquire the ...

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Bill's Blues
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Bill's Blues Bill's Blues Bill's Blues Bill's Blues
Stan Kenton, Billy Catelano, Frank Huggins, Bud Brisbois, Jack Sheldon, Al Sunseri, Kent Larsen, Archie LeCoque, Jim Amlotte, Bob Olson, Billy Smiley, Lennie Niehaus, Bill Perkins, Bill Trujillo, Bill Robinson, Steve Perlow, Red Kelly, Jerry McKenzie & Stan Kenton
Bali Ha'i
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Bali Ha'i Bali Ha'i Bali Ha'i Bali Ha'i
Irving Rosenthal, Stan Kenton, Don Kelly, Al Mattaliano, Carl Fontana, Bill Root, Vinnie Tanno, Mario Alvarez, Ralph Blaze, George Laguna, Sol Gubin, Lennie Niehaus, Stan Kenton and His Orchestra, Kent Larsen, Phil Gilbert, Bill Perkins, Lee Katzman, Bob Fitzpatrick, Mel Lewis, Julius Watkins, Sam Noto, Ed Leddy, Jay McAllister, Curtis Counce, Lucky Thompson, Roger Mozian & Tommy Lopez
Recuerdos
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Recuerdos Recuerdos Recuerdos Recuerdos
Bill Trujillo, Jim Amlotte, Stan Kenton, Stan Kenton, Bill Catalano, Bob Olson, Bill Robinson, Lennie Niehaus, Kent Larsen, Archie LeCoque, Bill Perkins, Frank Huggins, Al Sunseri, Jack Sheldon, Stephen Perlow, Jerry Lestock McKenzie, Billy Smiley, Red Kelly & Bud Brisbois
The Creep
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The Creep The Creep The Creep The Creep
Stan Kenton
El Congo Valiente (Valient Congo)
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El Congo Valiente (Valient Congo) El Congo Valiente (Valient Congo) El Congo Valiente (Valient Congo) El Congo Valiente (Valient Congo)
Stan Kenton
The Peanut Vendor
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The Peanut Vendor The Peanut Vendor The Peanut Vendor The Peanut Vendor
Laurindo Almeida, Gregory Bemko, Stan Kenton & The Innovations Orchestra
Cello-logy
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Cello-logy Cello-logy Cello-logy Cello-logy
Stan Kenton
Younger Than Springtime
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Younger Than Springtime Younger Than Springtime Younger Than Springtime Younger Than Springtime
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Two Moose In Caboose
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Two Moose In Caboose Two Moose In Caboose Two Moose In Caboose Two Moose In Caboose
Stan Kenton
My Funny Valentine
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My Funny Valentine My Funny Valentine My Funny Valentine My Funny Valentine
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I Been Down In Texas
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I Been Down In Texas I Been Down In Texas I Been Down In Texas I Been Down In Texas
Stan Kenton
Fascinating Rhythm
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Fascinating Rhythm Fascinating Rhythm Fascinating Rhythm Fascinating Rhythm
Stan Kenton
Down In Chi-Hua-Hua
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Down In Chi-Hua-Hua Down In Chi-Hua-Hua Down In Chi-Hua-Hua Down In Chi-Hua-Hua
Stan Kenton & June Christy
Tampico
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Tampico Tampico Tampico Tampico
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Lullabye Of Broadway
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Lullabye Of Broadway Lullabye Of Broadway Lullabye Of Broadway Lullabye Of Broadway
Nat King Cole & Stan Kenton
Orange Colored Sky
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Orange Colored Sky Orange Colored Sky Orange Colored Sky Orange Colored Sky
Stan Kenton, Buddy Childers, Maynard Ferguson, Conte Candoli, Don Dennis, Ruben McFall, Bob Burgess, Frank Rosolino, George Roberts, Vinnie Dean, Richie Kamuca, Bill Holman, Bob Gioga, Sal Salvador, Don Bagley, Stan Levey, Keith Moon, BILL RUSSO & Lee Knoitz
My Lady
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My Lady My Lady My Lady My Lady
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Biography

Pianist and bandleader. Born in Wichita, Kansas, Kenton spent his teenage years in and around Los Angeles, which was to remain his principal base. He formed his first big band in 1940, and not only did it soon acquire the name 'Artistry in Rhythm Orchestra', but it had many of the characteristics of Kenton's subsequent bands.

It was a large (14 plus) group, it used forward thinking arrangements by Kenton himself and by Pete Rugolo (from 1945), and its combination of a big modernistic sound with talented ensemble and solo work caught the public imagination, at a time when conventional swing big bands were going out of fashion.

Re-formed in 1947 as his Progressive Jazz Orchestra and again in 1949 as the giant 43-piece Innovations In Modern Music Orchestra, Kenton's band continued to play innovative and unusual arrangements. He recruited some exceptional soloists, and even though some of his work was bombastic and pretentious, the playing of such musicians as trumpeters Maynard Ferguson, Shorty Rogers and Ernie Royal, trombonists Carl Fontana and Frank Rosolino, and saxophonists Pepper Adams, Bob Cooper, Stan Getz, and Bud Shank, meant that there was always plenty of high quality solo playing.

It is also true that the band was substantially more popular with the public than it was with jazz critics, and this remained true of the succession of large bands Kenton led in the wake of his 'Innovations' orchestra until his death.

Kenton was an energetic man , and a ceaseless self-publicist, and although his health failed occasionally as a consequence of the pressure of work he kept up, he became a hugely influential figure, particularly in jazz education, where his big bands became the model for school and college groups in many parts of the United States. His own playing was less important historically than his arranging and bandleading.

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